I did some research on this topic to see if there are certain foods that may help reduce allergic reactions, most notably the ones that are seasonal. What I kept finding was that there are plenty of healthy food choices that are free of peanut, soy, gluten, or eggs. There are cookbooks, websites, and organizations that are are all dedicated to this topic. However, I wanted to find foods that would help increase one’s immunity toward allergens that are usually associated with pollen, pet dander, and/or molds.
I wanted to find some healthy food choices that may reduce or even eliminate the seasonal allergies that people usually get a prescription for or buy over the counter type drugs to stop the action of histamine. This subject is a little harder to find information on, but is nevertheless available.
Four main foods I found that MAY help reducing or even eliminating seasonal allergies are basil, blackberries, grapefruit, and the mangosteen fruit.
Basil has been shown to increase the body’s immune response to allergens. This is interesting to think about because allergies have been on the rise and you can’t help but think it may because of our poor diets that are compromising our immune function and make us more susceptible to allergies. Anyway, Basil can be easily incorporated into the diet, you can use in pasta’s, sauces, casseroles, and salads.
Next is blackberries. They contain catechins, which can stop the action of histamine for people with allergies. It is best to buy and eat these fresh, although you can rinse and freeze as well.
Grapefruits contain many phytonutrients, mostly flavonoids, which also help the body fight against allergies. Red and pink varieties are the best.
And last, is the Mangosteen fruit. Mangosteen (not to be confused with the mango) is usually available in frozen, or juice form. It comes from Asia, and most of the nutrients are in the outer bitter rind. The rind is usually ground into a powder and has been used medicinally for generations within Asia. The Mangosteen fruit has a natural antihistamine, which like blackberries, can block the action of histamine that is produced.
With all of these suggestions, they must be consumed on a consistent basis. I personally have tried a form of Mangosteen juice and definitely saw results after about a month’s time. If you would like to try a natural alternative to drugs, these healthy food choices may just work for you!